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Old Paint – House Painters Sydney

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Many of us have a few old cans of paint in the garage or garden shed. these are often left over from when the house has last painted. These can be handy to have if we have to paint over a stain. But paint will have an expiry date. And even if the paint hasn’t expired there maybe problems if we try to use it.

Paint will start to dry out if there is any air in the can. This might mean the paint becomes thick, which makes it hard to use. Or it might mean the paint becomes solid, which means it cannot be used at all.

If the old paint is thick we can often use some thinning agent to restore it. house paint may be thinned out with clean water. Mineral paints can be thinned out with turps or paint thinner.

Some paint, especially in large tubs, may have dust on them, or dust on the surface. else, the some of the paint may may have partially died out, making it gritty. This paint might still be salvageable with some filtering.

Hardware stores have paint filter bags that can be used to remove grit and many contaminants from paint. These can only be used once, but they are quite cheap. And they are fine if you just need to get some clean paint to touch up the walls.

An often overlooked problem is that the paint already on the walls may have faded over time. So any further paint that we apply may not quite match the faded colour. This is far less of a problem with modern interior paint, which largely resists fading. But it may be noticeable on exterior paint.

Some thickened paint can be resurrected with thinner
Paint can be put through a strainer bad to remove grit.
It is often best to buy some new paint. The old can will indicate the brand and colour of the new paint.
Alternately, buy a sample pot of paint for touch-up work.
Old paint must be disposed of correctly. Ask the local council or the hardware store about the correct way to dispose of paint in your area.

 

Paint that is well sealed may last up to ten years if stored in cool, dry conditions. after this it is probably unusable. It is best to buy new paint rather than risk ruining your walls with a poor pigment that is off colour or gritty.

 

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If the interior walls are showing signs of wear then consider a complete repaint. A professional will get results that look great for years to come.

 

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Roller Painting

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Most home interiors are painted with a roller, though a brush is probably used for the corners. Rollers are popular for this type of painting because they can cover large flat surfaces quite quickly and because they give a pleasant semi-textured finish.

 

Roller painting, like any painting, requires some skill. But it is not too difficult to get reasonable results if we know the right procedure.

Some terms:

Roller cage (aka Roller frame) – This is the metal roller frame attached to a handle, one of the most basic tool for roller painting. the width of the cage determines which sized roller you can use.

The Tray – This holds the paint for roller painting. Ideally the tray should be slightly wider than roller cage. A tray is necessary because a roller is too big to be put inside a paint can. The tray will have ridges along the surface, and slope toward one end.

The Nap – This is depth of the painting surface on a roller. A thicker nap (20 mm) hold more paint. A thinner nap (5 mm) hold less paint but gives a much smoother finish. Most interior Matt painting on walls uses a medium 9mm nap. Only gloss paint requires 5mm. Thick naps are used for brickwork.

 

Technique

  • The wall you are painting should be cleaned and prepared. Apply undercoat is required.
  • Many painters like to use a brush to do the edges of the walls first, then use the roller when the brush paint is dry.
  • Pour the paint into the tray. It will need to be on a flat surface. You will need to estimate the right amount, though you can always add a little more if you start to run low. The tray should never be more than half full, probably less than that.
  • If you are using water based paint you should wash the roller before hand, and start using it while it is still damp. Remove any loose fibers form the roller.
  • Roll the roller in the tray till it is fully covered with paint, the run it across the rides of the tray to remove excess paint.
  • Apply the roller to the wall, with light pressure. Start at waist level, and paint in a Zig-Zag pattern. It is fine to go over the same area while the paint it still wet.
  • Return to the tray and apply more paint to the roller as required.
  • Cover the entire wall with the roller. Do section of about 1 meter square. Do not paint over an area once the paint starts to dry.
  • When finished. Wash the roller and tray with water.
  • A second coat after the first coat has dried may be necessary for the best results.

 

Spray Painting - House Painting Sydney

Spray Painting – House Painting Sydney

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Almost all interior room paint is done with a brush and roller. But spray painting is used for some smaller items, and for some larger furnishings. It is a useful method in some situations, giving a smooth finish if applied with some basic skills.

Spray painting might be used for furniture, musical instruments, shelves, railings, frames, wicker chairs, baskets, metal frames and it can also be used on the back of glass to create a mirror.

Professionals and some serious hobbyists will use an air gun and compressor for spray painting, but this is expensive equipment. This is the type of spray painting used for cars and grand pianos. Most home spray painting uses aerosol cans, which are effective for small projects.

Aerosol spray paint will work well for many surfaces, as long as that surface is well prepared and the right primer is used. It is common to paint timber, metal, plastic, and also ceramics and glass under some circumstances.

Spray painting small projects.

Spray paint will give off fumes, more than any other paints. It is important to always use a face mask. We also recommend eye protection. Always paint in a well ventilated area- outdoors if possible.

Completely clean the area to be painted. Wipe down the surface with a rag and solvent.
If necessary, sand the surface flat to remove any unevenness.
Use a primer on the surface to get the best results. There are primers specifically for timber, metal or other surfaces.
Cover any area that is not to be painted with masking tape or painters tape.
Shake the spray can for a complete minute just before use.
Spray the surface with light stokes, with the can held at least 20cm from the surface. each pass should slightly overlap the previous pass. Apply a thin coat of paint because thick coats tend to run and drip.
Wait till the paint it touch dry (the drying time should be on the product), and then apply a second coat. if necessary, add a third coat when the second coat is touch dry.
After finishing each coat you should clean the spray nozzle by holding the can upside down and spraying till only air comes out.
When the surface is dry you might apply a clear protective coat. Use the same spray procedure. A clear glassy coat often works best if the paint underneath has a Matt finish.

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Spray painting is fine for many items in the home which are part of the decor. Most internal painting for walls and ceiling is done with traditional brush and roller techniques.

 

 

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The “Hows” when Hiring a Painter?

These are the points you need to take into consideration when employing a painting contractor, and what you must expect as he performs his task. Bear this in mind when looking at House Painting Sydney.

Can you remember the last time you did a paint job on the inside of your house? Maybe you still have bad dreams about the endless taping and other preparations, the inevitable drips and crooked edges. Even the most experienced DIY practitioners have to admit that a professional painter is generally worth hiring and the the extra cost is okay. However, even with a professional painter , there are things you have to know in order to make sure the job will go smoothly.

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In case your you lost your focus … we’re chatting about interior painting Sydney. By the way, why use a professional? Professional painters can guarantee a quicker, higher-quality, and more accurate job than you could do yourself. Licensed professional painters are educated and trained about the best and quickest ways to prepare walls before painting. This includes: refinishing plaster, removing wallpaper, sanding, spackling, and priming. And industry experts, painting professionals have more education and knowledge than homeowners about how various paints work and how durable they can be. We’re talking about the subject interior painting Sydney. It’s important to talk about this subject when you’re planning to do interior painting on your space.

 

Fixing Some Paint Problems

Fixing Some Paint Problems

 

Common Problems with Internal house painting Sydney

It takes considerable skill to achieve a neat paint job. There are potential problems with paint on a flat surface because even slight imperfections are easy to see under these conditions. And there are potential problems in painting edges and small details because such tiny areas are difficult to get right. Any mistakes on paintwork can ruin the overall effect.

 

Missed spots

It can be all too easy to miss a spot painting. Sometimes the lighting, shadows or bright reflections, prevent us from noticing a missed spot. Else, the wet paint doesn’t show the missed spot which becomes all too apparent when the paint dries. This is common when giving a second coat of the same colour.

Remedy – when the paint has dried the missed spots can be filled in with some fresh paint on a small brush. Do not do the while the paint is still wet because the new paint will mess up the surrounding area.

Paint Runs

A common problems with thin or thick paint. If the paint drips the result look dreadful. Good paint technique will prevent this, but paint runs are common on first attempts.

Remedy- if you find there has been a paint run despite your best efforts then you can remove it with fine sandpaper when the paint has dried. Then retouch the area with some fresh paint and a fine brush.

Roller Marks

Rollers are great for getting a smooth paint finish over large areas. But if the joint between the roller marks show then the effect is ruined.

A good quality roller, without seams, and good quality paint will greatly reduce this issue. As always, good painting technique makes all the difference.

Use a roller with a thin nap (the cloth covering that holds the paint) if you want a smooth surface. ¼ inch is good. Matt paint can be applied with a thicker nap.

Edges

The walls will meet the ceiling and floor at the skirting board. The paint should end in a nice neat line where the wall meets the edge of the skirting board. This cannot be done with a roller, which is too large for such fine work.

Experienced painters will ‘cut in’ the paint at the wall edges with a medium/small brush. Often this is done before the roller painting.

Alternatively, the edges can be prepared with tape, which protects the adjacent edge from being painted. Then the edges can be painted with a brush.

 

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Professionals can achieve great painting results in minimal time. Avoid disruption to your routine and have the house or office painting done by professionals.

Dust and Paint

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Dust can be a problem when painting. If there is dust in the air then it can settle on fresh paint, and ruin the finished surface. This is a bigger problem with horizontal surfaces than vertical walls. It is also a bigger problem with slow drying paint; the longer the drying time the great the amount of dust that will settle. Removing the dust form the air will almost always benefits, and never disadvantage any painting.

Reducing dust:

  • Vacuum all floors and surfaces in any room before painting. This is especially important for ceilings. Make sure the vacuum is not releasing the dust back into the room.
  • Vacuum flyscreens and blinds, or remove these before painting.
  • Clean any fans, especially ceiling fans, in the room. These harbour dust.
  • Cover any bookshelves or furniture which will harbour dust. Anything with small and uneven surfaces (knickknacks, shelves …etc.) are an issue.
  • Cover the floor, especially carpeted floors, with groundsheets.
  • Use a fan to blow air out of the room when painting. This also helps dispel fumes.
  • An air filter will remove a great deal of dust; Use this the night before painting.
  • If possible then raise the humidity of the room. A dry room harbours more dust. More water content in the air means less floating dust.

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Modern paints that are water based and fast drying will have less issue with accumulating dust. When a painting job is done professionally there should be no issue with dust getting stuck on paint.

Smoother Finish Paint.

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Most internal wall painting uses matt or eggshell paint. Of course this needs to be skilfully applied, but it does not require a silky smooth finish as this paint is designed to be pleasantly rough.  Occasionally, however, there is a paint job that requires a super smooth finish, using glossy paint to achieve a mirror surface. There are techniques that can get the best smooth results from gloss paint.

Glossy smooth paint can work well on trim, window sills, doors, doorframes, some furniture, some bookshelves, some musical instruments like pianos, some cabinets, ornaments, chests, frames, and some knickknacks.

Smooth Finish

  • Prep and sand any wooden surface. 120 grit sanding paper is optimal. If the sand paper is too fine the paint/primer will not bond well.
  • Use a primer. And once it is fully dry you should sand it super smooth. 220 grit sanding, which is finer than the 120 grit used on the wood, is good for sanding primer.
  • Remove all trace of dust from sanding with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Slow drying paint is better for a smooth finish; it will not dry so quickly as to leave brush marks. It helps to slightly thin paint out with turps, or to use additive products like Floetrol or Penetrol.
  • High quality paint will give better results, or it has the potential to be better if applied skilfully. Find the right product, buy in the right amount so you don’t waste money on half a can of paint that never gets used.
  • Stain the paint. This gets rid of a gunk.
  • Put the paint on and leave it to dry. Don’t try to smooth out any surface once it has started to dry, you will ruin smooth finish and end up leaving brush marks.
  • A layer of clear gloss can make all the difference, but this will not work on paint that is already glossy. Clear gloss works well on a slightly matt or slightly rough surface. The best clear gloss results can be achieved with spray can painting.

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Talk to painting experts about the right colours scheme and the right paint for your home.

Removing Paint from Windows

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Painters should prepare the room they paint with groundsheets and masking tape. Amongst other things the windows should be protected, so they do not suffer any paint accidents.

However, paint does occasionally get on windows. This is easy to clean off if the paint has not dried. Often it can be wiped away, perhaps with the aid of thinner for oil paint or water for water based paints. Occasionally paint will dry out on glass before it can be cleaned off. This is a nuisance, but it can be dealt with.

Cleaning dried paint off windows:

  1. Wet the window with warm soapy water. This will soften the paint. You may need to reapply the soapy water several times.
  2. Use a razor blade or paint scrapper to scrap off the paint. Angle the edge of the blade / scraper at 45 degrees to the window above the paint and scrape downwards.
    a sharper edge works best here.
  3. If the paint comes off easily then clean the window with glass cleaner.
  4. For stubborn paint, try stronger solvents. Rubbing alcohol will work for acrylic paints. Acetone will remove enamel paint.
    Make sure the area is well ventilated, and avoid inhaling these fumes.

Some people find that a hair drier will heat and soften paint so that it is easier to scrape off. But this heating method is not recommended for windows that have UV film; the heat can damage the film.

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Chalk Paint

Furnishings and House painting Sydney

Many homeowners like to paint a few furnishings for a DIY projects. Small paint projects can be enjoyable. Chairs, a table, bookshelves, some children’s play equipment. These projects are best kept small as long term project take considerable time to give any sense of satisfaction.

A rustic look, deliberately made to look old fashioned and worn, is popular. This can be achieved by distressing the paint, by sanding part of the surface. Or simply by using faded colours.

Another option is caulk paint. This mixes calcium additive with the paint, giving a smooth powdery feel. It is literally like caulk. This is an excellent option for furniture projects. It is especially effective with pastel colours, though dark colours can also be very appealing.

Caulk pain is available commercially, or it can be made by modifying latex paint.

To make caulk paint: Mix

  • 2 tablespoons of plaster of Paris
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • I cup of latex paint.

Clean and lightly sand the wooden surface before painting. Sometimes is it best to use a primer first.

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We recommend getting the professions in for interior and exterior home painting. It takes considerable time to paint a house, and that time is better spent on other aspects of your life. Enjoy some painting projects as a hobby, and have you home keep in optimal condition with a professional paint job.

 

Yellowing Paint

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Is use to be common for paint to slowly turn yellow over time. This hardy occurs with more modern paint, as the technology has improved. But older houses sometime have sections of yellow paint, which gives a room an uneven appearance.

Older paints will slowly turn yellow if they are left in the shadows.  This is easy to see with spaces behind wall paintings, behind cupboards, beneath shelves, inside pantries and built in spaces. If these areas remain hidden the yellowing issue is not noticeable. But if the room décor is rearranged the yellow areas of the walls may be unsightly.

The yellowing is the oxidation of alkyd or oil based paint. Varnish will suffer a similar problem. While this is mostly caused by lack of light, mainly sunlight, paint can also turn yellow in heat. So old painted areas behind radiators of stoves will also tend to turn yellow over time.

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Modern paints are far better lasting than older paint formulations. Not only will there be no yellowing in the shadows, there will be far less fading in the sunlight.

A good paintjob on your house is a sound investment in your home.

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